In a few days time, we’ll have started the month of February. What feels like the longest and most depressing month of the year is behind us and we’re finally in the swing of things for 2019. February is a much happier month - it’s only 28 days long and celebrates the day of love, aka Valentine’s Day. As February is only 4 days away, I’m here to talk about and give you the top picks for the February birthstone - Amethyst.
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What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and a variety of quartz, a mineral composed of oxygen and silicon, that is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s continental crust. The amethyst colour ranges from dark purple, to light lavender and violet hues. Amethyst is found in many countries, like Brazil, Uruguay, South Korea, Russia and the United States. Amethyst has been around for centuries all over the world. It was used by the Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, European soldiers and Anglo-Saxons.
Amethysts come in single gems or spikes as well as clusters or geodes. An amethyst geode is a hollow rock that has amethyst crystals lining its walls. They are formed by gas cavities in lava and when this hardens, the cavities fill up with a rich silicon liquid that forms the crystals. The iron in this liquid is what gives the amethyst its gorgeous purple colours. It is suitable for use in jewellery, due to its hardness, ranking number 7 on the MOHS Hardness Scale for Gemstones.
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Facts about Amethyst
The name for amethyst is derived from the Greek word ‘amethystos’ which translates to ‘intoxicated’ or ‘not drunken’. In Ancient Greece, amethyst was believed to protect its owner from drunkenness. This lead to the Greeks wearing amethyst when they drank and carving their drinking vessels out of amethyst, in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.
Amethyst is associated with royalty and religion. Many royal figures adorned their crowns, sceptres and rings with amethyst to represent their royalty and luxury. In religion, Buddhists considered amethyst sacred to Buddha and would make prayer beads out of it. In Christianity, amethyst represented an allegiance to Christ and many members of the Catholic clergy would wear amethyst in their crosses, representing celibacy and piety.
Amethyst is a protective and healing stone, believed to purify the mind and clear negative thoughts and energy. It dispels stress and anxiety and is used in meditative practices.
Amethyst is used in feng shui, a Chinese practice that uses energy forces to bring peace and calm and harmonises individuals with their surroundings. Due to its healing properties, amethyst is used to decorate many houses or work environments, to increase communication and lessen arguments.
As well as being the February birthstone, amethyst is also the Zodiac Stone for Pisces and is linked to the Wind element.
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Here are the top picks for amethyst jewellery, perfect for those who need healing and protection in their lives and great gifts for February birthdays.
Due to the healing properties in amethyst, this birthstone is the ideal gem to wear in jewellery. Having a piece of amethyst around the neck and laying against the chest is a perfect way to keep negativity away and to calm its wearer down if they are having a stressful day.
Amethyst works well with gold and silver, but silver is where it truly thrives. The deep purple hue of the stone perfectly contrasts with the cool silver, which elevates it to a sophisticated colour palette. Amethyst also works well with other coloured gemstones, like green amethyst and red rubies.
Give your ring the royal and luxurious feel with amethyst. Worn by royalty, amethyst is the perfect addition to any ring, whether it’s a promise ring, engagement ring or a ring without a vow.
Adding gemstones to any stud, chandelier or drop earring is a fabulous way to add more colour into any look. If you are an earring fan who wears no other jewellery than the jewels in your ear, jazz up your collections with amethyst earrings.